I’m very pleased to let you all know that nearly all of the Tiramisu pre-sale patterns have shipped! If you have not yet received a notice, you will shortly. Leila has been fantastic, it takes a great deal of organization to send out as many patterns as she did (around 270 at last count) but she did it well and quickly. During the shipping, we’ve been keeping Cake running around the clock between the two of us! When I get up in the morning, I have an email from her to read about the day, and when I go to bed I write the same for her.
The other bright spot has been the much-maligned (by me) Australia Post. They were so helpful and kind, I could hardly believe I was in a Post Office!
Now that the pre-sale is out of the way and we have our system in place for the Etsy orders, it’s time to release the pdfs on Craftsy! I started out making pdf patterns through Craftsy before deciding to try my hand at paper patterns. Craftsy was training wheels. I wasn’t sure you’d want a pdf pattern if a paper one were available, but it turns out that those who love pdfs are a passionate lot!
You can click the twin Penelopes below to visit the Sewing Cake Craftsy shop to download either US or A4. Please double check before you download. Then come back for the pdf story.
A few months ago, Joost at MakeMyPattern linked to me in his blog and sent a follow up email. I found him a witty and intelligent person, and we discussed drafting and software issues and blogging. At some point he mentioned to me how he tiled his patterns, breaking them up from larger files. I filed that information away, but at that point I was confident I could handle breaking up my pattern file.
Early last week, I decided I was wrong. My computer didn’t want to manipulate the file and the various ways I tried tiling weren’t giving me the desired result, so I asked Joost for a hand because he knows so much about these things. More than me, anyway! I also really like working on Cake with people who sew. Joost took the large pattern off my hands and tiled it simply and elegantly on 54 pages (I removed the blank page 30):
The files were back in my computer and neatly tiled in both A4 and US Letter formats within hours. Even better, he covered the entire pattern with a very pale gray 1″ grid.
When I was scrabbling around on my floor putting together the A4 version I appreciated just how useful those little grid tiles can be.
This is easily the nicest pdf pattern I’ve ever made, and I’m quite pleased with the tiling. Do check out Joost’s blog, he just fit a pair of pants he printed from his own software:
Software to pattern to decent looking pants with great welt stitching. Well done! And thanks for the hand, Joost!
I put a few notes for assembly into the digital files, and I should also mention that the digital downloads don’t carry the same linework issues as the Tiramisu Knit Dress paper version. Should you find any, please let me know so I can correct them.
If you’re looking for the paper version of this pattern, you’ll find it here on Etsy.
The pattern has reference links to the Sewing Cake website. I’m spit-shining the new site, re-arranging furniture and getting everything in place to open this weekend! I thought it would be more fun to wait to open the site until more of us have our patterns- and don’t forget the Piece of Cake game. I had originally intended to open Sewing Cake.com earlier this month, and that’s reflected in the rules. The deadline is still December 31st. We’ll talk about that more later.
Attn Brisbane- Class!
Piece Together, the sewing cafe where I held a few classes, has closed. This meant organizing a Tiramisu Dress class of any type would be tricky. Luckily, Ky at VooDoo Rabbit (She and Cloud are such fun!) invited us into their shop space in The Gabba for Cake classes!
So many of you were emailing me today from Brisbane to let me know you got your pattern and asking about classes, I thought we might be able to get a class together for early December. I know it’s soon, but I’d love to get a class in before the end of the year! What fun!
Voodoo Rabbit can comfortably accommodate 6, so we’ll be a small class. We’re thinking either December 8 or the 15 (Saturdays) from 12noon-5pm. The cost for the class is $95, pattern included (or discounted if you already purchased one). If you’re interested, please let me know below in the comments and specify the day. I’ll make a decision by Monday.
I’m going to rest for a little while, I’ll still be around for urgent emails and comments but I need to step away for a bit and then we’ll have the new site up this weekend! (I had more photos and etc for this post, but halfway through WordPress decided to entirely change the way it uploads and handles photos?? Of course..)